As you begin to read this, choose whether you want to linger here for a mindful moment or skip by. Its up to you. Coming into the present moment and finding your Middle Ground is always a choice for you to make.
Make sure you are sitting comfortably with your feet on the floor. Let your hands rest. Let your body become relaxed. Let your shoulders come away from your ears. Perhaps do a slow mindful shoulder roll. Hhmm that felt good.
Check in with your jaw and make sure it isn’t clenching. Allow your face to soften as you come into this moment. Allow your breath to be a soothing anchor.
Now ask yourself:
What is alive in me right now?
Tune in to feelings and sensations.
Listen to thoughts that come up…. without judgment.
Notice any longings. Be with any disappointments.
Allow any gratitude to blossom.
What is truly alive in you at this moment?
Can you be with it?
Give it space. Make friends with whatever comes up.
This is part of your own life energy. This is what is alive and it is you.
Let it show you what it needs today.
Perhaps not in words, but in feelings pictures and sensations.
Tune into your inner wisdom.
Sit with it for a while.
Footnote: This question is one of the core questions in NVC. I really appreciate the work of Robert Gonzales and Marshall Rosenberg as part of the Non Violent Communication movement. They have their own methodology based on embracing the needs that we have as human beings; becoming observers rather than judgers; identifying the feelings that come up; showing empathy to others and to ourselves when our needs are not being met.